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An on-line archive of articles and commentary on wind and solar energy, community power, renewable energy policy, electric vehicles, and Advanced Renewable Tariffs by Paul Gipe

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  • December 1, 2015,   by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

    Alberta burns nearly twice as much coal as all of the other provinces combined. In 2014, Alberta generated 68percent of its electricity from coal.

    November 26, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

    Line up energy sources by unpopularity, and you have the British government's priorities listed; in other words, the government is doing exactly what the British public don't want

    November 25, 2015,   by Dave Toke

    In a move that will astonish many the Treasury have decided to count payments to existing fossil and nuclear power stations for providing capacity as 'environmental' levies'.

    November 25, 2015,   by Craig Morris

    Essentially, Austria is simply shutting down plants that are not making money. Two out of three of them happen to be coal-fired.

    November 24, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

    The chancellor, George Osborne, revealed on Wednesday that at least £250m will be spent by 2020 on an “ambitious” programme to “position the UK as a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies”.

  • December 1, 2015,   by Ian Clover

    KERC has proposed a revised feed-in tariff (FIT) for rooftop and installations to come into effect on January 1, 2016. The new, lower FIT will apply to PV arrays sized between 1 kW and 500 kW, and...

    November 30, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

    Wind covers 3.7% and solar PV 1.3% of 462 TWh of consumption. Wind & solar are seasonally complimentary. With current policies France is unlikely to meet its 2020 targets of 27% renewable energy...

    November 30, 2015,   by Peter McLay et al

    The Irish government has established three REFIT feed-in tariff support schemes, which between them are intended to support approximately 4,700MW of renewable electricity generation.

    November 26, 2015,   by LK Shields

    A key driver in the growth so far was the introduction in 2012 of a renewable energy feed-in-tariff (REFIT 3) by the Government for biomass CHP and anaerobic digestion to help meet the national...

    November 25, 2015,   by DECC

    3.8GW of TIC and 666,152 installations have accredited as at 30 September 2015.

  • October 1, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

    According to a recent presentation by Danish Small Wind Association there are 1,000 wind turbines less than 25 kW in capacity installed in Denmark, representing a total of 8.6 MW. Small wind turbines...[more]

    August 6, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

    Visiting Indiana in the summer of 2015, I drove up to Fort Wayne to see my friends John & Cindy Ewing and suggested we check out the museum. The museum has greatly expanded their collections since...

    July 29, 2015,   by Priyanka Shrestha

    More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to support small and medium-sized wind projects in the UK.

  • November 16, 2015,   by Craig Morris

    If you want to stay hooked up to the grid, the utility controls your battery storage, and you get a feed-in tariff (currently around 10 cents) with a target six-percent return, which is fairer than...

    July 29, 2015,   by Peter Bennett

    Despite the UK government making moves to scale back the level of support given to solar technology, Scotland remains committed to boosting the technology’s deployment according to its Energy...

    May 11, 2015,   by Craig Morris

    Here, we see that the price of a completely installed solar array has been and continues to be considerably cheaper in Germany than in the US. The gap seems to have been around two dollars all along....

  • September 14, 2015,   by Taufeeq Dhansay

    But to really accelerate geothermal, government would need to come up with better incentives for research and development. This may include offering a renewable energy feed in tariff for geothermal.

    August 15, 2015,  

    As a first step, group subsidiary SB Energy has begun a field study to build a small 300kW binary-cycle geothermal power plant in the city of Itoigawa in southern Niigata Prefecture. The company...

    August 11, 2015,  

    The Ministry of the Environment will introduce a system to promote geothermal power generation by involving local municipalities from the initial stages of plant construction, according to informed...

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